Rangers’ fight against Livingston was borderline disgraceful, but one player showed the dig required.
Indeed, supporters should’ve loved Andy Halliday’s reaction when Livingston goaded Rangers at full-time. In particular Livi’s Declan Gallagher, whose only intention was to wind up Gers players and fans with his celebrations.
Halliday looked like the only player who was willing to get in Gallagher’s face and defend the club. Meanwhile, the likes of Daniel Candeias and Borna Barisic preferred to play handbags.
There was a worrying lack of fight about the players on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes. Bar Ryan Kent, there wasn’t one willing to roll the sleeves up and put in a performance for the jersey.
Meanwhile, when it came to off the pitch, there were too many shrinking violets once more. Nobody is saying that the Rangers players had to go up and do something serious against Gallagher and his team-mates like Bilel Moshni vs Motherwell. Anything of that nature will rightly get you red-carded in the modern game.
But Halliday showed terrific passion for Rangers at full-time. He wasn’t ready to let Gallagher bully his team-mates around and stick it to them.
Say what you will about Halliday. He’s not the greatest footballer in the world and isn’t particularly varied in his skill-set. What he is, however, is a proud and passionate Rangers supporter. He’ll simply run through brick walls for the club to make sure they get as much success as possible.
The fact it took a substitute to get torn into Livingston’s overzealous celebrations showed just how much fight was lacking on the pitch.
When Steven Gerrard talks about players willing to fight for the jersey, Halliday is the kind of attitude he wants in his squad.
Sure, the Gers midfielder will get laughed at. He’ll have some embarrassing images put up of him with opposition fans goading him because of it. Halliday simply doesn’t care, however. All he cares about is defending his club.
If the 11 players who started at the Tony Macaroni Arena had the same outlook, maybe yesterday’s result would’ve been different.